In April 2020, the month of lockdown, there are 274 thousand fewer employees than in March. Istat notes this, speaking of a "marked decrease". The effect of the Covid-19 emergency on the labor market "appears decidedly more marked than in March", explains the Institute. "Employment registered a decrease of almost 300 thousand units, which in the two months led to an overall decrease of 400 thousand employees and a percentage point in the employment rate", is underlined in the comment accompanying the estimates.
The inactive, those who neither have nor are looking for a job, in April, the month of lockdown, rise by 746 thousand units. The institute speaks of "further strong growth in inactivity".
In April, the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3% from 8.0% in March. Istat notes this. This is the minimum since November 2007. The effect of the lockdown weighs, with 484 thousand fewer people looking for work (-23.9% compared to March). The number of unemployed, precisely those who are looking for a job, drops to 1.5 million 543 thousand.